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German Language Classes for Children and Teens

The German Institute for the Southwest is offering classes for children and teens, either in-person or online.  Please mark angelika@germansouthwest.org  as an accepted and acceptable mail sender address in your email program.

Our Summer Term starts on June 6, 2022, for special projects online.

Online ClassesAll online classes are held via Zoom.  You will need access to a computer, laptop, tablet, or phone connected to the internet.  If you have not downloaded Zoom, you can do so at zoom.us, or if you are outside the U.S., at the Zoom website for your country.

We reserve the right to cancel classes with enrollment of fewer than 5 students.

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General Information about Our Youth Courses

Summer 2022 Youth Classes and Workshops

Important Dates for Youth Classes and Workshops 2022 – 2025


General Information about Our Youth Courses

Click here to register and pay for all child/youth courses

We welcome all children and teenagers from the age of 5 to 16 years old interested in learning and exploring the language and culture of German-speaking countries. We offer classes for students with little or no previous knowledge in German, and advanced courses for students able to cope in a German-speaking environment or who speak German at home.

All our teachers are native speakers or have comparable skills in German. A particular emphasis is placed on seasonal traditions and special events in German-speaking countries throughout each current school year. German Unity Day, St. Martin’s Day, St. Nikolaus Eve and Karneval are real highlights for our students.

We are affiliated with the Goethe-Institut, the official German cultural organization, and we are licensed to offer and administer the prestigious Goethe language exams, which are recognized world-wide as proof of language skills in German. For more detailed information see: https://www.goethe.de/en/spr/kup/prf/prf.html

Class Locations. Courses are available online or as in-person instruction on our campus in The Woodlands at Spirit of Joy! Lutheran Church, 7550 Crownridge Drive, The Woodlands, TX  77382.  Classes in Cinco Ranch/Katy and Fort Bend County are currently postponed while we search for a suitable location for our school.  Online classes are conducted via Zoom, and you can install a basic, free version of the program at zoom.us or the one available in your country.

Course Materials.  Except as noted, there will be a material fee of $35 for each in-person course, and intermediate and upper level classes will require purchase of books.

Proficiency Levels. Our students often have different levels of experience in the German language.  In order for proper placement of each student, we determine the level of proficiency on the first day of a course, and form the classes accordingly. For a description of our various classes and levels, please check this post on our website: https://germansouthwest.org/2021/12/09/gis-german-language-classes-for-children-and-teenagers/

Age Indication for Classes. We indicate the approximate age level of the students in the class in our course descriptions. However, if your child has a birthday during the Fall through Summer Terms and no longer falls in the age group, the student will remain with the teacher with whom the classes started in the fall.

Tuition Discounts. Returning students receive a discount of ten percent for in-person classes, and there usually is an early registration discount for each session (see below).

Cancellation. We reserve the right to cancel a course that does not have the requisite number of students enrolled.

SUMMER 2022 YOUTH CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS

Summer I 2022 Term – 4-Week Online German Basics for Children and Pre-Teens (8-11 years) – Jun 7 – Jun 30 (Tue, Thur)

In order to participate in the classes, your child will need access to a computer, laptop, tablet or phone connected to the internet. See the course description below.

“Back in Time” – A Summer with the Famous Painter Gustav Klimt 
Online Classes – 4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. – Tuesdays and Thursdays

  • 8 Classes – for intermediate and advanced German speakers
    • June 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28 and 30
  • Early Registration ends on Sunday, May 22, 2022 (you get a $7.50 discount)
  • Regular Registration ends on Sunday, May 29, 2022
  • Late Registration begins on Monday, May 30, 2022 (you pay $10 more for the course)
  • Tuition:  $115.00 (Returning students receive 10% discount)
  • NO REGISTRATION FEE
  • Registration Will Open Soon. Please register here.

This is a oral language course for students aged 8-11, who have little or no prior German (beginner/basic user according to the CEFR.  The course language is basic German; English is used to explain cultural traditions and aspects, as well as for instructions if needed.

These classes are a great opportunity for participants with no prior knowledge to begin learning German and for participants who have attended our beginners’ class to revise and extend their knowledge in new surroundings and situations.

During adventurous time travels, the students meet the famous painter Gustav Klimt. Together with him and through his work, they get introduced to German pronunciation and sound patterns, and learn basic expressions and vocabularies, such as salutations, animals, colors, food, numbers. Encouraging and interactive activities will keep participants motivated and engaged.

Course Material: paper, pencil, crayons, scissors, glue. The student can remember this class in a travel journal at the end of the classes.

Summer I 2022 Term – 4 Week Online German Vocabulary Practice for Young Students (9–14 Years) – Jun 7 – Jul 1 –  (Tue, Thur)

In order to participate in the classes, your child will need access to a computer, laptop, tablet or phone connected to the internet. See the course description below.

Practice and review key vocabulary in German through fun games and hands-on activities
Online Classes – 7:15 – 8:15 p.m. – Tuesdays and Thursdays

  • 8 Classes – for intermediate German speakers, students who participated on language level A1
    • June 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, and 28
    • July 1
  • Early Registration ends on Sunday, May 22, 2022 (you get a $7.50 discount)
  • Regular Registration ends on Sunday, May 29, 2022
  • Late Registration begins on Monday, May 30, 2022 (you pay $10 more for the course)
  • Tuition:  $115.00 (Returning students receive 10% discount)
  • NO REGISTRATION FEE
  • Registration Will Open Soon. Please register here.

We cannot read, understand, and communicate with each other without words. Good vocabulary requires perseverance in learning, and students need to reread and review new words continuously. In a very relaxed and fun environment participants review and enforce vocabulary and topics directly related to their immediate surroundings (e.g. personal information, family, school, shopping, key verbs). Exciting games and hands-on craft activities keep them engaged and motivated.

Course Material: Paper, pencil, and recycling materials such as plastic bottles, newspaper, cans, and yarn.

Summer I 2022 Term – 4 Week Online German Reading Project for Young Students (10–14 Years) – Jun 7 – Jun 30 (Tue, Thur)

In order to participate in the classes, your child will need access to a computer, laptop, tablet or phone connected to the internet. See the course description below.

“Mit Jeans in die Steinzeit” / Back to the Stone Age with Jeans – A Bestseller in Germany for Young Readers by Wolfgang Kuhn, Cornelsen Edition

Online Classes – 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. – Tuesdays and Thursdays

  • 8 Classes – for intermediate and advanced German speakers
    • June 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28 and 30
  • Early Registration ends on Sunday, May 22, 2022 (you get a $10.00 discount)
  • Regular Registration ends on Sunday, May 29, 2022
  • Late Registration begins on Monday, May 30, 2022 (you pay $10 more for the course)
  • Tuition:  $115.00 (Returning students receive 10% discount)
  • NO REGISTRATION FEE, Book Fee $18.50
  • Registration Will Open Soon. Please register here.

The students meet Isabelle, Sofie, Philipp and René, who are vacationing in the south of France. One day they discover the entrance to an Ice Age cave. Together with the three, our students explore the Stone Age and learn much about our ancestors. This adventure story is based on an authentic case.

The students develop their German vocabulary and communication skills in a fun and meaningful context by reading together and engaging in interesting activities. Weekly homework assignments must be completed on time to follow the course.

Language ability level: Native and advanced German speakers, who can cope in an exclusively German-speaking environment.

Course Material: Paper, pencil, and the book Mit Jeans in die Steinzeit, Cornelsen edition

2022 – 2025 IMPORTANT DATES – YOUTH CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS

SPRING TERM 2022

Spring Term 2022:  April 9 – May 21, 2022
Easter Holiday: April 16, 2022 – no class
Early Registration:  February 7 – March 13, 2022
Regular Registration:  March 7 – April 3, 2022
Late Registration Begins:  April 4, 2022

SUMMER TERMS 2022

Summer Term I 2022:  June 6 – June 30, 2022
Early Registration:  April 18 – May 8, 2022
Regular Registration: May 9 – May 29, 2022
Late Registration Begins:  May 30, 2022

Summer Term II 2022:  July 5 – July 29, 2022
Early Registration:  May 15 – June 5, 2022
Regular Registration:  June 6 – June 26, 2022
Late Registration Begins:  June 27, 2022

FALL TERM 2022

Fall Term 2022: September 10 – December 3, 2022
Early Registration:  July 17, 2022 – August 7, 2022
Regular Registration:  August 8, 2022 – August 28, 2022
Late Registration Begins:  August 29, 2022

WINTER TERM 2023

Winter Term 2023:  January 3 – April 1, 2023
Spring Break 2023:  March 10 – 17, 2023
Easter Saturday 2023:  April 8, 2023
Early Registration:  November 7 – November 27, 2022
Regular Registration: November 28 – December 18, 2022
Late Registration Begins:  December 19, 2022

SPRING TERM 2023

Spring Term 2023:  April 10 – May 25, 2023
Early Registration:  February 12 – March 5, 2023
Regular Registration:  March 6 – March 26, 2023
Late Registration Begins:  March 27, 2023

SUMMER TERMS 2023

Summer Term I 2023:  June 5 – 30, 2023
Early Registration:  April 9 – April 29, 2023
Regular Registration:  April 30 – May 21, 2023
Late Registration Begins:  May 22, 2023

Summer Term II 2023:  July 3 – July 28, 2023
Early Registration:  May 8 – May 28, 2023
Regular Registration:  May 29 – June 18, 2023
Late Registration Begins:  June 19, 2023

FALL TERM 2023

Fall Term 2023: September 5 – December 2, 2023
Early Registration:  July 10, 2023 – July 30, 2023
Regular Registration:  July 31, 2023 – August 20, 2023
Late Registration Begins:  August 21, 2023

WINTER TERM 2024

Winter Term 2024:  January 2 – April 6, 2024
Spring Break 2024:  March 14 – 21, 2024 (dep. on Conroe ISD, dates N/A on date of publication)
Easter Saturday 2024:  March 30, 2024
Early Registration:  November 6 – November 26, 2023
Regular Registration:  November 27 – December 17, 2023
Late Registration Begins:  December 18, 2023

SPRING TERM 2024

Spring Term 2024:  April 8 – May 23, 2024
Early Registration:  February 12 – March 3, 2024
Regular Registration:  March 4 – 24, 2024
Late Registration Begins:  March 25, 2024

SUMMER TERMS 2024

Summer Term I 2024: June 3 – June 28, 2024
Early Registration:  April 8 – April 28, 2024
Regular Registration:  April 29 – May 19, 2024
Late Registration Begins:  May 20, 2024

Summer Term II 2024:  July 1 – July 31, 2024
Early Registration:  May 6 – May 26, 2024
Regular Registration:  May 27 – June 16, 2024
Late Registration Begins:  June 17, 2024

FALL TERM 2024

Fall Term 2024: September 3 – November 30, 2024
Early Registration:  July 8 – July 28, 2024
Regular Registration:  July 29, 2024 – August 18, 2024
Late Registration Begins:  August 19, 2024

WINTER TERM 2025

Winter Term 2025:  January 2 – March 29, 2025
Spring Break 2025:  March 7 – 14, 2025 (dep. on Conroe ISD, dates N/A on date of publication)
Easter Saturday 2025:  April 19, 2025
Early Registration:  October 21 – November 17, 2024
Regular Registration: November 18 – December 22, 2024
Late Registration Begins:  December 23, 2024

SPRING TERM 2025

Spring Term 2025:  April 1 – May 22, 2025
Early Registration:  February 3 – February 23, 2025
Regular Registration:  February 24 –  March 16, 2025
Late Registration Begins:  March 17, 2025

SUMMER TERMS 2025

Summer Term I 2025:  June 2 – June 27, 2025
Early Registration:  March 24 – April 20, 2025
Regular Registration:  April 21 – May 18, 2025
Late Registration Begins:  May 19, 2025

Summer Term II 2025:  July 1 – July 31, 2025
Early Registration:  May 5 – May 25, 2025
Regular Registration:  May 26 – June 15, 2026
Late Registration Begins:  June 16, 2025

FALL TERM 2025

Fall Term 2025: September 2 – November 29, 2025
Early Registration:  July 7 – July 27, 2025
Regular Registration:  July 28, 2025 – August 17, 2025
Late Registration Begins:  August 18, 2025

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